|BLACKBERRY STYLE 9670 - PURPLE (SPRINT) SMARTPHONE FLIP CELL PHONE|
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|The elegant BlackBerry Style 9670 is a clamshell type smartphone designed to attract everyone with its looks and features. This BlackBerry smartphone runs on BlackBerry 6 OS and is preloaded with Document Editor. The external LCD display of this phone lets you to know time, caller information and message notifications without flipping open the phone. The internal LCD display of the BlackBerry Style 9670 delivers images with vivid colors. With a four-line QWERTY keypad on this BlackBerry smartphone, you can compose messages easily and quickly. The 5 MP autofocus camera of this QWERTY mobile lets you capture memorable moments of your life. As the BlackBerry Style 9670 comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and 3G support, you can access high-speed internet on the move. This QWERTY mobile features a built-in GPS with integrated BlackBerry Maps, offering navigational guidance to reach your destination.|
|Family Line||BlackBerry Style|
|Storage Capacity||512 MB|
|Network Technology||CDMA / EVDO Rev. A|
|Band||CDMA EVDO Rev. A 800/1900|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSD, MicroSDHC|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Capacity||1150 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 270 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 252 hr|
|Display Technology||TFT LCD|
|Diagonal Screen Size||2.7 in.|
|Display Resolution||360 x 400 pixels|
|Color Depth||16-bit (65000 colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||Yes|
"The RIM BlackBerry Style combines a clamshell form factor and a full QWERTY keyboard. It ships with BlackBerry OS 6, which has an improved user interface, a new WebKit browser, and a better multimedia experience. Call quality was impressive."
"The Style's square design may be a bit bulky for some users, and the keyboard is a touch too flat for our tastes."
"Despite a few quirks, the RIM BlackBerry Style's practical design and advanced feature set make it a great smartphone for BlackBerry newbies and veterans alike."
Average review score based on 86 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
BlackBerry Style Design
The BlackBerry Style is a fat little clamshell of a phone, but it's still ergonomically welcoming. Edges are rounded, construction is solid, and the phone flips up conveniently to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. The keys are a bit on the microscopic side and would be best suited for elves, but after a few practice sessions, we were able to adapt to the miniature interface. The BlackBerry Style retains the old-school Call and End/Power buttons, as long as the Menu and Back buttons, and you can bet your boots the Style flaunts the trademarked embedded flashing LED notification light above the external LCD.
Now the BlackBerry Style has two LCDs—the external LCD is QVGA (240x320 pixels) while the internal LCD screen is HVGA (360x400 pixels). We will say that while these screens are not the largest or most defined displays on the market, they are highly practical. The external screen displays notifications that can be scrolled through via the volume controls, and it displays the date, time, network statuses, battery life, and network signal strength. Most simple actions can be achieved without even opening up the phone.
The BlackBerry Style also has a Camera button that can be assigned as a shortcut button, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a naked USB port. The good news is that the 32GB capacity MicroSD card slot can be accessed without even having to take the back of the phone off, and the phone comes equipped with an 8GB card out of the box. For a steering wheel, the BlackBerry Style utilizes an optical track pad button, which we just saw on the T-Mobile G2. We will say that the Style's optical track button was more responsive than the BlackBerry Curve 3G's, though we still longed for the optical track ball. One nifty thing about the BlackBerry Style is that it has fantastically loud speakers, so it was like carrying around a little boombox when we played Grandmaster Flash or Queen.
BlackBerry Style Software and Interface
Cue the drumroll and strike up the fanfare—it's time for BlackBerry 6! If you've ever used a BlackBerry before, you know that they are prone to browsing lag and utilize rather antiquated menu systems. We can safely say that our navigation experience throughout the BlackBerry Style was just as quick as decent high-end Android phones. On the home screen, there's even an Android-like popup menu that encompasses All (applications), Favorites, Media, Download, and Frequent. So we had the ability to select applications based on those particular columns.
Up top, we could click on our Connections menu, which governed Mobile Network, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Alarm settings. Our home screen contained a notification bar that streamed our text messages, facebook and twitter updates, and call activity. There's also a universal search and call profile settings embedded in that same task bar. We will say that although the optical track pad rifles through options, sometimes it's a bit overzealous and tends to fly over an intended selection, so you'll have to throttle back its sensitivity or grow accustomed to its hyper behavior. This was particularly frustrating when we attempted to take a picture, as one minute thumb movement, and we'd shift over to Flash settings or GPS, forcing us to lose the shot.
The BlackBerry Style 9670 is RIM’s second attempt at a flip phone. The phone itself is reasonably sized, fitting nicely into your hand and not too big to fit into the pocket. The Style’s weight is just right at 4.62 ounces, not too heavy or too light. When closed, the BlackBerry Style looks has a sleek rounded look. The front of the phone has 240×320 pixel external display that shows the time, date, battery, and signal strength. Additionally, the external display will show alerts when you get an email, text, or phone call. The front of the phone is pretty simple with a gun metal bezel surrounded the black casing. We really like the nice and clean look that it presents at first glance. The back of the phone reveals the 5.0 megapixel camera and the flash to complement the pictures. There is also the BlackBerry logo and Sprint logo on the back of the phone. The sides of the phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microUSB charging port, a volume toggle, and one hot key that can be set to anything you wish.
Let’s flip the phone open and check out the most important part. The Style has a 360×400 pixel TFT LCD internal display that looks nice, but is nothing like you would see on the iPhone 4 or Galaxy S phones. The keyboard is set up like most other QWERTY BlackBerry devices and is very usable. I am personally a fan of physical keyboards over virtual keyboards and the Style keyboard looks great.
The Style has a 5.0 megapixel camera with a flash and continuous auto-focus. There are 11 different picture-taking modes to help you adjust to different settings. The camera also acts as a video recorder and takes VGA (640×480) recordings. We found that one major annoyance with the camera is that our finger kept getting in the way of the lens. This occurs because the camera is actually on the back of the phone, not on the top lid like the majority of phones.
I bought this product to replace the same exact phone i had which was run over by several cars. This phone was faster and more up to date when I first recieved it from this seller on Ebay even though it was used. Get the case, I know you will drop this phone. It can be handy but awkward to type with because the keys are so small. Unfortunately because it is a 'smartphone' I have found nothing I can do to stop it from slowing down. After using it for a week it is now freezing up and making me wait to make calls as it loads who knows what in the background. All the features on it are great, the phone itself is just far underpowered for what it needs to run. I can't imagine how fast the battery life would dissapear if this phone could actually function how it should. If you buy a Blackberry, have a charger EVERYWHERE you go. One thing I will give this model is it can be quite tough compared to other touch-screen style phones with large flat screens that break easily if dropped. My last phone was thrown around rooms, dropped and stepped on, sat on, dropped in a puddle.... it had bad luck but nothing stopped it except a 2 ton car. I was hoping if I get the nice case and baby this phone as if I paid $500 and not $50 it would work better. But no.... still feels like using a 90's computer with dial-up internet... my patience wears thin. All I ever use it for is phone calls while delivering for work, texting friends, and occasional GPS. It can barely handle that it seems. If I didn't love flip phones, I'd never own it again.
I recently upgraded to this phone. It is my first Blackberry - and I love it. I have to say that I will keep this phone for a long time.
As a new Blackberry user, I was nervous about switching over, but I am finding it very user friendly. Others have mentioned that it takes some getting used to, but because I never used the older BB software, I have no problems with it. Maybe I just don't know what I'm missing.
Some of the other reviews have mentioned a short battery life, however, in the first few weeks of having this phone, you will be playing with it all the time. As it loses it's novelty, the battery life will not be seen as an issue.
One thing I have not seen mentioned is that the clock on the outer face, while initially set to show as an analog clock, can be switched to digital. I was very happy with this as the analog clock was the one thing that almost kept me from purchasing this phone.
Setting up the phone with my personal preferences was easy and fast.
Love that its a flip. My purse is always a disaster, so it nice to know it's protected a bit. Also fits easily in the front or back pocket of my jeans when playing with my son outside.
My husband has a BB Bold, and the Style is comparable in size, just slightly thicker due to the flip design.
There are only two things that I don't like about the phone. First, it very easily picks up fingerprints. I like the brushed look on the back of the phone, and wish it was like that on the entire phone. But, there is probably a case I can buy to avoid this, so not a major issue. Second, when using the camera, I really don't mind the location of the lens as others have mentioned, I can get used to that - however, there is a long delay after pushing the trackpad to take the picture, and having the camera actually take it. Not easy to get a good picture when your subject doesn't stay in one spot for long.
Overall, this is a great phone, and I couldn't be happier.
Take it with a grain of salt........ I was using a Samsung Epic with Android that is almost like having a regular computer and much more advanced than anything Blackberry but I just did not like the touch screen, the huge size and just hated the fact that every time I answered the phone, I either hung up on people or hit the ignore pad by mistake. This BB was the only other phone on the Sprint network that was a flip phone and a smart phone so I switched since I really never had a complaint about any flip phone. I like that design. It does not do anything that my Epic couldn't do. As a matter of fact Android can do much more in a much more concise way, than Blackberry.
I like the clamshell design, the sensible keyboard layout and the small size of the 9670. It seems to be well made and the clamshell is secure and stable without any wiggling like other clamshell designs that feel as if they are going to come apart. But............The Style is no where near the high end phone that my Android Epic is.
It has an antiquated interface with a lackluster screen and applications are just horrible. Slow, old fashioned and the tiny font on that tiny screen is tedious.
One of the worse problems of this phone is that the ringer will ring only once when you get a call. It won't ring until you or voicemail answers. It only rings once and that's it. If you don't hear it that one time, tough luck. I was not aware of that and can't believe that no other review has mentioned that. Hopefully I am wrong and someone somewhere will set me straight but I have checked everywhere and I was advised by BB that BB has no control of that and that I should call my carrier and complain to them but not only do I not think Sprint has anything to do with it but I find it completely crazy that I would even have to do that to get a ringer to ring until I answer the call or it goes to voicemail. Totally unacceptable.
Another complaint I have is that the call quality is just horrible. I don't know if it's just this one lemon BB or if it's all BB's but I can't clearly hear what the other party is saying unless I use the speaker phone (which is quite good btw). Raise the volume and it's too loud with rattling and fizzing every time the other party speaks. Lower the volume and it's just a lower rattling and fizzing. Unacceptable.
Using the camera is difficult. The camera lens is right where you need to hold the phone in order to use the camera so you have to carefully place your fingers out of the way of the lens and try to hold the phone without letting it fall to the floor. Why would anyone design something so, so wrong??
I have no idea who came up with this Blackberry idea and thought that it could in any way compete with "real" cell phones or much less any other smart phone but they ought to be ashamed of themselves. I do not recommend this Blackberry to anyone that has other choices. As far as I know, it is the only clamshell smart phone and that may be enough of a reason to go for it (I did and hopefully I will get used to it's "wrongness") but even this die hard fan of clamshell phones is extremely disappointed. At least I'm not mistakenly hanging up when I answer the phone. I guess I need to decide if that is a good enough reason to stick with the Blackberry 9670.